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First off, let me just say that I’m really excited about this post! This is a brand that I discovered on Instagram (@timelosangeles), and have been wanting to try out FOREVER! I just recently bought both of their liquid lipstick bundles, the brush set, a few pairs of lashes, and some other goodies, all of which I will review soon. I love supporting smaller, independent brands because they honestly put their heart and soul into their work, so it’s always awesome when I find a new one that has really high quality products, which TIME Los Angeles most certainly does!

I feel like everyone who loves makeup is into liquid lipsticks these days and especially with the holidays coming up, these bundles make the perfect gift (even if it’s for yourself, which I fully support)! The Cool Spectrum Bundle that I’m reviewing in this post contains more neutral and cool toned nudes, mauves, and even a few deeper shades that are great for fall and winter. I also reviewed the Festive bundle, which has more reds and warm toned shades that are ideal holiday colors… If you want to check that out, you can go here:

TIME Los Angeles – Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick – Festive Bundle

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Top to Bottom:   Baby Ghoul, Luxe Life, Pink Buttercream, Suedie, Grave Danger, Hangry

As usual with products and formulas that are new, or new to me, I’m going to go pretty in depth with this post, so if you just want to see the rundowns and photos for each shade, keep scrolling down!

I hope you all enjoy this post and as always, thanks for reading! If you’d like to keep up with me and check out everything I’m testing or playing around with, you can follow me on Instagram @lesley_makeup , twitter @lesley_makeup or add me on Snapchat, which is also lesley_makeup. I love staying in touch with my readers, so don’t be afraid to hit me up on there if you have a product question or just want to say hi!

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Left to Right:   Baby Ghoul, Luxe Life, Pink Buttercream, Suedie, Grave Danger, Hangry

You can purchase these Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks individually for $16 or you can buy the whole Cool Spectrum Bundle for $60, which is a really good value. If you bought them all individually, you’d spend $96, so getting them all at once in the bundle will save you $36! Mine came in a cute little bag with pink TIME Los Angeles tissue paper which I tossed and forgot to photograph (oops). If you want to pick up any of these, you can head over to www.shoptimela.com. Also, miss CEO herself, Ashley Wagner (aka @ashleyswagnerxo on Twitter and Instagram or missashwag on YouTube), has a discount code for 10% off which is ILOVEASHLEY, so that helps if you want to save a little money.

Each one of these Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks contains 6.3g / 0.22 fl oz of product. When compared to a great deal of other brands that use nearly the same size of component/tube, these actually contain half again to twice as much product. When purchased as a bundle, they also cost about half the price as a lot of liquid lipsticks from very popular brands, but the quality of these is equal to, if not better than SO many higher end lippies! Another thing to consider is that these liquid lipsticks are cruelty free and vegan, which is always a major plus!

According to the TIME Los Angeles website, “This whipped, creamy, and lightweight formula applies to the lips and sets to a matte finish that lasts for hours!” In my opinion, this formula really is fantastic! It’s SUPER comfortable and lightweight and didn’t dry out my lips, even after wearing it all day, all week long while I’ve been testing them. While it may be thinner and more liquidy than some liquid lipsticks out there, it’s not runny at all… It’s also not goopy or sticky, so it’s VERY easy to apply. It sets and dries down to a matte finish quickly but still gives you enough time to play around and blend it out if needed. Because this formula isn’t thick, you can also layer it even after it’s set, without it doing that weird thing where it balls up and turns into a clumpy disaster on your lips.

Only one shade in this bundle was very slightly patchy but overall, the coverage and quality was consistent between all six liquid lipsticks. They all applied with the same texture, color payoff, and opacity and wore ALL FREAKING DAY (aka 8-12 hours) with minimal touchups required. I also noticed that I never got any lipstick on my teeth when wearing any of these. I think the lightweight formula just magically clings to the lip somehow, because that’s usually an issue for me when I were liquid lipsticks! I’ll go into more detail about all of this stuff below in the rundown for each individual color.

I pulled this from the brand’s website, and it’s a nice little tip to have!

“Directions: Using the applicator wand, apply liquid lipstick to top and bottom lips, one at a time. Do not press lips together! Let dry & slay for the rest of the day!”

The applicator is your pretty typical doe foot seen with most liquid lipsticks and glosses, but it’s very precise and easy to use, even if you have smaller lips. As usual with liquid and matte lipsticks, if you have any chapped or dry areas, exfoliate first with a gentle lip scrub, pop on some lip balm, then blot the excess off before applying your liquid lipstick. You can also use a primer like MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip, which is silicone based and made to be worn under products like this.

PS: One more tip to having your lips look full and healthy… Drink plenty of water! I know that’s something I’m SO bad about doing, but it’s SUPER important to stay hydrated, especially this time of year when the air is drier. Trust me, you skin will glow and your lips will look amazing just by keeping up with a healthy intake of H2O!

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The packaging and boxes for these is super cute but not overdone or too flashy. The TIME Los Angeles logo is also really unique and classy and can be found on the boxes as well as the products themselves. Ingredients are listed on each box and they’re all the same… The only difference between each shade will be the actual pigments used in them, which is where the “may contain” part comes in. One thing I noticed is that these contain coconut oil rather than palm oil which makes me VERY happy, since palm oil contributes to major deforestation where a lot of endangered species, like orangutans, live.

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Top to Bottom:   Baby Ghoul, Luxe Life, Pink Buttercream, Suedie, Grave Danger, Hangry

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Left to Right:   Baby Ghoul, Luxe Life, Pink Buttercream, Suedie, Grave Danger, Hangry

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Left to Right:   Baby Ghoul, Luxe Life, Pink Buttercream, Suedie, Grave Danger, Hangry

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Left to Right: Baby Ghoul, Luxe Life, Pink Buttercream, Suedie, Grave Danger, Hangry.           Photo taken outdoors in natural, indirect sunlight. Liquid Lipsticks swatched on MAC NC15 skin.

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Baby Ghoul

 

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Baby Ghoul

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Baby Ghoul

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Baby Ghoul

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Baby Ghoul. Photo taken indoors using indirect sunlight + a ring light.                                                (I plan on redoing some of the lip photos once it’s not cloudy outside btw)

Baby Ghoul:   On the website, this is described as “a pale ‘ghouly’ cool-toned nude best suited for fair-light skin tones”… It’s a pale, mostly cool toned true nude, although it pulled a bit more neutral toned on me. I do feel like in person, this looked cooler toned. Anyway, this dries down to a completely matte finish and because it’s so pale and nude, PLEASE be sure to exfoliate and moisturize those lips before wearing a color like this! Also, drink water and stay hydrated because if you don’t, your lips can show lines a lot more, like mine do here lol.

The texture was creamy and not too thick, just like all of the Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks in this bundle. It applied evenly and had wonderful color payoff and nearly fully opaque coverage with one quick layer. Wear time with Baby Ghoul was just over 5 hours before it began to fade in the center, and about 6-7 hours before I noticed it fading around the edges. As for the rest of my lips, it didn’t budge for about 9 hours. I only had to touch up after eating. Using a lip liner will extend the wear time and give you a more defined look.

Dupes:  NYX’s Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Corset is the closest dupe I found but it’s still a tad bit warmer and more mauve. Delicate Lust is also similar in color, only it’s cooler and darker. Baby Ghoul is honestly pretty unique and I couldn’t find another liquid lip that I have that comes very close to it.

Liners:   You can really use any nude or cool toned nude liner with Baby Ghoul… A few of my favorites are StripdownStone, and Whirl Lip Pencils from MAC… Stripdown is a little darker more brown, Stone is darker, cooler, and more of a greige, while Whirl is close to my natural lip color and is more of a cool toned mauve. A few other liners that works will with this liquid lipstick and are similar in color are NYX’s Nude Beige Lip Liner, or Melt Cosmetics’ AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner in Nudist.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Luxe Life

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Luxe Life

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Luxe Life

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Luxe Life

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Luxe Life

Luxe Life:   This is referred to as a “neutral peachy nude best suited for fair to medium skin tones”, and it’s a light, mostly neutral peachy nude with a perfectly matte finish. On me, it look a little more on the peachy side of the spectrum but I think depending on your own undertone and the color of your lips, this shade could pull either warmer or cooler on you. While I agree that this is best for fair to medium skin tones, I think that skin tones a little darker than that could pull this off with the right liner!

Like the other Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks, the texture was lightweight and applied very easily, giving great color payoff and full coverage with one layer on both the top and bottom lip (as in I dipped the wand into the tube once for each). I got about 5 to 6 hours of wear before I had any issues with fading, which was mostly in the center at first. On the rest of the lip, this shade hung on for a solid 7 to 8 hours.

Dupes:   Jeffree Star has two permanent Velour Liquid Lipsticks that are close, but aren’t quite perfect dupes… Celebrity Skin is more mauve, while I’m Nude is a little lighter and more neutral. That formula also feels heavier and more dry, to me anyway. ABH’s Stripped Liquid Lipstick has a slightly warmer, more peachy undertone. There are also a few of NYX’s Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks that are close… Corset is darker and cooler toned, Baby Doll is lighter and more pink, and Satin Ribbon is pretty close but is still a little more mauve.

Liners:   Nudist from Melt Cosmetics is one of my favorites to wear with this liquid lip. NYX’s Beige and Natural are also really nice, with Beige being nearly the same color and Nautal being a bit darker. MAC’s Lip Pencils in Stripdown, which is a cooler type of beige, and Whirl, which is a cool type of mauve, are great too. I imagine for medium to dark skin tones, you could try wearing Luxe Life with something like Chestnut Lip Pencil from MAC to blend it out to a nude ombre type of look.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Pink Buttercream

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Pink Buttercream

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Pink Buttercream

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Pink Buttercream

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Pink Buttercream

Pink Buttercream:   Pink Buttercream is described as a “warm peachy-pink nude best suited for fair to medium skin tones”. It’s definitely a light, warm toned peachy-pink and is one of the best nudes I’ve found for myself when I’m NC10-NC20 in MAC terms. So many colors like this can turn into a chalky looking, washed out mess once they set to their matte finish but Pink Buttercream still looks vibrant, even though it’s still quite nude! When worn by itself, I think it could be too light for anyone deeper than medium to mayyyybe medium dark BUT that’s what lipliners are for. I honestly think that just about anyone except maybe deep, cooler skin tones can wear this if they want to add a liner and blend it out to a more ombre-nude type of look. This shade doesn’t pull cool toned at all, so that makes it even more wearable if you have a medium dark to deep skin tone and want to give it a shot!

This Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick has the same fantastic texture as the others from this bundle and applies like a dream. I found this to be the most pigmented of the three lightest shades, so it gave me awesome color payoff and coverage using very little product. Wear time was about 5 hours before I had to touch up in the center. It held on to most of my lips for 8 to 9 hours and only began to fade around the edges around the 7 hour mark.

Dupes:   ABH’s Milkshake Liquid Lipstick is a VERY close dupe, though it can look a little lighter on the lips for some people. It’s the closest one I found, though. NYX’s Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Baby Doll is slightly more peachy-brown toned, while Satin Ribbon is more pink. Jeffree Star’s Mannequin Velour Liquid Lipstick is more mauve, and I’m Nude is lighter and a little more pink. MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Lady-Be-Good is close, especially with the way the formula feels, but it does have a more peachy-brown undertone.

Liners:   Whirl Lip Pencil from MAC is PERFECT to wear with Pink Buttercream because it’s similar to a natural lip color and shouldn’t look too bright or too cool toned. NYX’s Mauve is also really nice. Both Whirl and Mauve are a little darker but they’ll add some dimension to the lip, which is typically a good thing with lighter lipsticks. NYX’s Nude Pink and MAC’s Dervish are a both warmer and more pink if you’d rather not tone down the color of this liquid lipstick, but still have some definition.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Suedie

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Suedie

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Suedie

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Suedie

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Suedie

Suedie:   On the website, this is referred to as a “light warm-gray, suede-nude best suited for fair to dark skin tones”. It has a true matte finish and is a light to medium, pretty neutral, slightly gray toned brown-nude. On me, it’s more neutral to cool toned, but I feel like this is going to look different on everyone, depending on the undertone of your own skin, which is a good thing! I love colors like this because they’re always flattering no matter who puts them on and Suedie is definitely a color that can be worn by anybody, especially if you play around with liners to customize this to be the perfect nude for you!

It has the same texture as the rest of the Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks in this bundle, applying easily with no patchiness or streaking. Color payoff is fantastic and coverage is completely opaque without having to apply much product. Wear time was around 4 to 5 hours before it faded in the center of the lip, and like most of these, I got about 7 hours of wear overall.

Dupes:   MAC’s Cafe Au Chic Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is a pretty close dupe for Suedie, though it may pull warmer on some skin tones. NYX has two Lip Lingeries that are sort of close too, but Delicate Lust is more gray toned and Honeymoon has a slightly warmer, almost mauve undertone. ABH Sepia Liquid Lipstick is a little darker.

Liners:   Again, Melt Cosmetics’ Nudist AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner will work well with Suedie, but it’s a little lighter and more nude… It sort of just gives you definition without interfering with the lip color itself. NYX’s Nude Beige Lip Liner is honestly almost the exact same color. A few Lip Pencils from MAC that I like to use with this liquid lipstick are Stripdown, which is slightly lighter and cooler, Stone, which is cooler toned, and Chestnut, which is a bit darker but is great if you want an ombre look or have a medium dark to dark skin tone.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Grave Danger

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Grave Danger

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Grave Danger

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Grave Danger

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Grave Danger

Grave Danger:   TIME Los Angeles refers to this as “a dark cool-toned gray-taupe shade suitable for fair-medium skin tones”. In this photo (which is one that needs to be redone), it’s reflecting my ring light, but it does have a matte finish once it sets. It’s exactly the shade as it’s described to be and I would definitely agree that it’s probably best for fair to medium or maybe medium dark skin tones. If you have deeper skin, this is so cool toned that it could wash you out BUT as always, you can play around with liners and see if it works for you!

Grave Danger felt extra buttery and smooth for some reason and applied easily. It’s very pigmented, so a little bit of product goes a long way and will give you perfect color payoff and coverage. I feel like this particular shade really clung to my lips and lasted about 5 to 6 hours before I needed to touch up, and closer to 8 or 9 before it really started to fade. In the above photo, I had been drinking coffee, so the fading in the center is from that.

Dupes:   The closest dupes I found for Grave Danger are both Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours from MAC… Simply Smoked is close, but a teeny bit darker and has more of an almost plum undertone to it. Flesh Stone is also similar, but a little lighter and has a warmer, more brown undertone. Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Liquid Lipstick in Sepia is very close too, but slightly warmer. NYX’s Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Honeymoon is sort of close, but definitely doesn’t have the color payoff or coverage and has a hint of warmth to it.

Liners:   All of the liners I like to use with this liquid lip are MAC Lip Pencils… First off, Stone is an obvious choice and is very similar in color, so you won’t get a ton of contrast with it. Plum is also really nice and will bring out any plummy-gray tones that Grave Danger has. Chestnut is a good choice if you’d like something a bit darker and more neutral. A few others that I had fun playing around with were Currant, Vino, Nightmoth, and Cyber World, all of which have more wine-stained to purple tones, so it changes things up a bit for a more vampy, ombre lip.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Hangry

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Hangry

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Hangry

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Hangry

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Hangry

Hangry:   Hangry is “a deep burgundy brown shade suitable for fair-deep skin tones”… Like the others. it has a matte finish, although it was reflecting the ring light in the photo. While it’s definitely a deep burgundy brown, just as it’s described, it also has some cool plum tones to it (on me, anyway)… I feel like this looks a little different on each person I’ve seen wearing it and depending on your skin tone, it may look cooler or warmer than it does on someone else. As I’ve said before, I love colors like that because they flatter anyone and everyone who wears them, and Hangry can be worn by absolutely ANY skin tone!

Hangry felt very much like Grave Danger… A little more creamy than the lighter liquid lipsticks in the bundle, but still very comfortable to apply. The color payoff is great but there was a little patchiness at first, so I can’t say that it was 100% opaque on the first application. Thankfully, because the formula is easy to layer, it was a quick fix to get full, even coverage! I didn’t have any fading occur until I had this on for about 4 hours and it was in the center of the lip at first. After about 6 hours, I had some slight fading around the edges, but the color clung to my lips everywhere else for well over 8 hours!

Dupes:   There aren’t many liquid lipsticks out there that even compare to how gorgeous Hangry is! The closest I found was Ess-Presso, which is one of MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours. If you like a dark lip for fall and winter, this is for sure one that I would recommend picking up!

Liners:   Since this is a deeper shade and can show different undertones depending on which liner you use, you can try something like MAC’s Chestnut Lip Pencil or Bittersweet Pro Linger Lip Pencil if you want to stick with a more neutral to cool toned brown liner. A few more options from MAC are Nightmoth or Currant Lip Pencils, which both have more berry to purple tones, as well as Bespoken For Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, which is similar to Nightmoth but longer wearing. The liner that I like to wear with this when I want something that’s nearly the same color, is Melt’s Edible AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased these with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review. ***

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This is just a quick peek at all 30 of the new Matte Lipsticks from Anastasia Beverly Hills! I’ll be posting individual reviews as I wear them and test them out, so you can look forward to seeing them on here very soon. For now, here are the lipsticks and basic info… Enjoy!

These are all permanent shades which are new to Anastasia Beverly Hills line of lip products. You can purchase them online directly from www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com as well at Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s, and Dillard’s (although I don’t seem the Dillard’s website at the moment). They will also be available from the same retailers in store on August 15th! Each Matte Lipstick sells for $18 and contains 3.5 g / 0.12 oz of product.

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Photo taken indoors using natural indirect sunlight + a ring light.

Top row:   Insomniac, Cobalt, Midnight, Smoke, Griffin, Resin, Dusty Mauve, Dread, Cool Brown, Rust

Middle Row:   Soft Pink, Kiss, Buff, Rum Punch, Dead Roses, Latte, Spice, Honey, Peachy, Staunch

Bottom Row:   Rosewood, Rogue, Stevie, Brandy, Ruby, Stargazer, Cotton Candy, Orchid, Plumeria, Rage

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Photo taken indoors using a ring light.

Welcome to the best part of this trio of posts covering this collaboration! This one is going to be a brief summary of the products so I can give you all the juicy details and fill you in on how and when to get your paws on the entire bundle.

I know it took a while for me to get this up, but as always, I wanted to extensively test everything so I could give you all my honest opinion. I know I raved about everything in this collection, but I mean it when I say that this is one of the best launches in the makeup world for 2017 so far. It’s honestly going to be hard for many companies to beat something like this!

If you’d like to read the full reviews for the different products in this collection, simply click the links below:

Jeffree Star Cosmetics x Manny MUA Daddy & I’m Shook Velour Liquid Lipsticks

Jeffree Star Cosmetics x Manny MUA Eclipse Skin Frost

I go very in depth in those posts so you’ll learn a lot about these products by reading them, if that’s your thing anyway… If not, please enjoy the photos and brief reviews featured in this post. As always, thank you SO much for reading! I really enjoyed testing and playing with everything in this collaboration, so I had lot of fun writing about it. I hope you enjoy the posts for this collab and I definitely hope that you’re able to get it when restock time rolls around! If you have any questions or comments about the Jeffree x Manny collab, leave me a comment below!

You can also get updates on upcoming posts, chat with me, or get sneak peeks of new products that I’ll be testing and reviewing by following me on twitterinstagram, and snapchat, all @ lesley_makeup! I LOVE hearing from you guys and getting to know my readers a little better so don’t hesitate to hit me up!

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Photo taken using natural, diffused sunlight.

As far as I know, this collection is limited edition. Pictured above are the three products that make up this bundle. That means that when you buy this as a set, you get Eclipse Skin Frost as well as Daddy and I’m Shook Velour Liquid Lipsticks for only $50. This can be purchased on www.jeffreestarcosmetics.com. Normally each lippie costs $18 and Skin Frosts sell for $29, so you’re saving $15 and getting a great deal!

Now for the bad news… As of today, 4/29/17, the bundle is currently sold out, as is Daddy Velour Liquid Lipstick. However, according to Jeffree’s Instagram, the bundle will be restocked in early May! You can still buy them individually, except Daddy of course, so check the little tip below on how you can save some money on these products!

If you use the code MANNYMUA it will take 10% off of the products that are part of this collection! Keep in mind that code only works on the these products individually but does not work on the bundle since it’s already offered at a discounted price… What this means is that if you add I’m Shook and Eclipse to your cart either by themselves or along with other JSC products, the 10% will be deducted from those two products.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

As you can see above, the Jeffree x Manny collaboration comes in absolutely stunning special packaging! When you receive this, there’s a sleeve over the box itself that has both the Jeffree Star star logo as well as Manny’s signature crescent moon on it in holographic silver. Once you remove the sleeve, you’ll see a very classy, yet still edgy matte black box with satin finish Jeffree Star and Manny MUA logos all over it… When you flip the lid open, that’s when you might get blinded by the bright, multidimensional, holographic silver insert along with the uniquely patterned/textured boxes! Manny and Jeffree put SO much thought and effort into every single detail in this collaboration, which I really dig! I think it’s great supporting smaller companies that put so much love into their products. I really appreciate it when people want to make their customers feel special and have fun opening a new package that’s been delivered, so thank you, Jeffree and Manny, for bringing that unboxing-like experience to the consumer!

On top of being pretty, both in the boxes and on the face, these products are ALL free from parabens and gluten, as well as vegan and cruelty-free! We all know how much both Manny and Jeffree love their fur babies, so I think it’s great that they show their compassion for animals by making cruelty-free products. ❤

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I’m Shook

If you were wondering what happened with shipping delays after this collaboration launched, read the couple of little paragraphs below… If you just DGAF, keep scrolling past until you get to the fun stuff!

I know there was a major issue with shipping delays, which I experienced as well since I had to set my alarm to buy this collection just the same as anyone else did! My package, as well as many others, took nearly two full weeks to show up on my doorstep after getting both an order confirmation and shipping confirmation and tracking number. Was it frustrating? Yes, but it was also worth the wait!

Based on what I learned from the JSC customer service team, as well as what Jeffree Star brought up on social media, there were just too many orders to physically go out to the postal service within a few days, so while you may have received a tracking number, that means it was printed and slapped onto your box of goodies, but it may have still been sitting in the warehouse waiting for USPS to pick it up and send it out… You have to keep in mind that the sheer volume of orders they received and products they had to box up can be overwhelming. Jeffree Star Cosmetics is a small, private company that just doesn’t have the manpower that someone like MAC, Ulta, Sephora, or even Anastasia Beverly Hills has. They ship out of ONE warehouse, not numerous ones that are scattered all over the US like many larger companies have. Basically, they did the best they could and I have a feeling they may not have even expected to have so many orders places so quickly! When I had questions, their customer service was prompt to respond and put my mind at ease. I understand why many of you were put off by the delay in receiving your packages, but try to have patience when restock comes! I promise you that they appreciate your business very much and will get your products to you ASAP. I’m not saying any of that because I was asked to or anything either… My family owns a small business, which I help run, and it is honestly impossible to please that many people in the short amount of time that you’re expected to sometimes!

That being said, don’t forget to set an alarm or two or seven when it’s restock time because I imagine that the bundle will sell out FAST!

Alright, now that we’ve addressed that little problem, please enjoy the photos and summaries below! (They’re actually just copied and pasted from the larger reviews, but I figured this might be easier and more fun for some of you to read).

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Swatches taken outdoors in natural sunlight.

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I’m Shook

I’m Shook:   This is described as a “beautiful medium toned burnt coral”… I’d say that’s pretty spot on but I do think this can look different on some people depending on their natural lip color and skin tone. For the most part, I would consider this to be a medium to medium-dark pinky-reddish-coral. It can pull more warm or cool on different people, but on me it’s neutral to cool toned, depending on the lighting (as you can see above). The texture feels just like Daddy, being the perfect consistency and applying like a dream. Color payoff pretty much looks like it does in the tube, but I feel like it can pull more pink on people with naturally more bright/pigmented lips. I’ve honestly seen this on several people and in a lot of photos and in my opinion, it looks different on everyone, but that’s great because it seems to adapt to be the most flattering shade for your own unique skin tone! Coverage looked a bit patchy when swatched, but when applied on the lips it was completely even and opaque using very little product. Like Daddy, wear time was about 6 hours before I needed a touchup in the center of the lip and a little over 8 hours before I had any fading around the edges of my lips.

Liners:   Because I’m Shook seems to transform on everyone, you can use SO many different liners with it! A couple of my favorite Lip Pencils from MAC are: Ruby Woo (brighter/more blue based and slightly lighter), Redd (slightly lighter and warmer/more orange-red), Follow Your Heart (more blue-based), Chicory (warmer/more brown), Mahogany (deeper and more brown), and Brick (very similar, only a little more of a blue undertone). Anything with a more blue undertone will cool down the color of this lipstick and if it’s also brighter, it will make it appear more pink. If you use a warmer toned or more brown liner, especially if it’s deeper, it will make this warmer and more neutral. You can also use something with a brighter and more orange color to it so bring out the coral tones in this liquid lipstick. It’s very versatile and fun to play around with, not to mention perfect for summer!

Dupes:   Out of all the liquid lipsticks I have, which is A LOT, I couldn’t find one that was a great dupe for I’m Shook. The closest lip product I found in both color and finish is MAC’s Viva Glam I Lipstick, which is only very slightly more cool toned, but it looks totally different and deeper on the lips than it did when I swatched these next to each other on my hand! It is also just a regular lipstick and not a liquid… It is matte, but it’s not going to wear as long as I’m Shook will.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Daddy

Daddy:   The description on the JSC website says that Daddy is a “gorgeous cool toned brown”, which is entirely accurate… It’s a medium to medium-dark, cool toned brown-nude with some slight greige (grey/beige) undertones and a totally matte finish. The texture is super smooth being creamy, but not too thick and liquidy, but not too watery. It applies easily and evenly. It takes a moment to dry, so just be sure not to blot your lips together or it may get a bit patchy but once it’s set, you’re all good! Color payoff is fantastic and it looks just like it does in the tube. However, Daddy can look darker on lighter skin tones and lighter or more nude on darker skin tones. Also, it may pull slightly more warm or cool, depending on your natural undertone. On me, it looks quite cool, but I have a more yellow undertone to my complexion, so that’s to be expected. I like how it looks a little different on everyone, though, because it makes it more easily wearable. Coverage is fully opaque with very little product applied. I got about 6 hours of wear before this began to fade in the center of my lip, but it lasted closer to 8 hours before I noticed any fading or feathering around the edges of my lip. If you apply a liner, you’ll get even more wear time!

Note: Daddy is not in stock at the moment, but I’m hoping it will restock in early May when the bundle does!

Liners:   While a liner isn’t necessary with this formula, if you want a little more definition or contrast, here are a few of my favorite MAC Lip Pencils from lightest to darkest: Stripdown (very slightly lighter & warmer), Stone (cooler/more grey), Cork (almost identical to Daddy), and Chestnut (a little darker). You can also play with color and use one like Plum (slightly darker and more purple-based) or Mahogany (darker, and warmer/more rusty).

Dupes:   Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Sepia Liquid Lipstick is darker, cooler toned and more grey. MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Flesh Stone is lighter and cooler, and Cafe Au Chic, of the same MAC formula, is also cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Eclipse swatched in natural sunlight.

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Eclipse

Eclipse:   On the JSC website, this is described as a “blinding pale icy peach” which is pretty accurate! It’s a light, peachy-champagne color with pretty neutral undertones, which makes it flattering on any skin tone! Depending on how heavily you apply it or if you use it dry or damp, it can be anything from a sheer, soft sheen up to a blinding, intense metallic glow. The texture is very buttery so it applies and blends out easily without getting patchy at all. Color payoff looks just like it does in the pan, but may look slightly warmer or cooler depending on your own skin tone… That’s sort of what makes this usable for everyone, though, so it’s a good thing! The coverage ranges from sheer to completely opaque, depending on how you apply it which I will explain below. Wear time was a solid 12 hours before I noticed any fading and that applies to the face, body and eyes! My skin has been a little oily and it’s been humid here too, so I imagine that some people may get an even longer wear time with Eclipse than I did!

Dupes:   The closest thing I found to Eclipse is Crushed Pearl from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit, which is a little more peachy. It’s also no longer being sold on the ABH website or at Sephora, so Eclipse it definitely worth picking up! As far as other Skin Frosts go, Ice cold is lighter and more of an icy pearl color and Princess Cut is more pink.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this out of pocket and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review ***

Jeffree Star Cosmetics’ Velour Liquid Lipsticks are are a formula I hadn’t tried yet, so I figured buying them in the bundle that was released in collaboration with Manny MUA was the perfect way to give them a shot. Both Daddy and I’m Shook are great colors that just about anyone can wear and after testing these for the past week or so, I’ve fallen in love! There are definitely very few brands and formulas of liquid lipstick that I prefer and actually use on a regular basis and I’d have to say that Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lipsticks are now in my top three!

As far as I know, both Daddy and I’m Shook are limited edition for the Manny MUA collaboration and as of right now (4/29/17), only I’m Shook is in stock. It can be purchased on www.jeffreestarcosmetics.com. The individual tube of Daddy is not currently available, nor is the bundle that includes both of these as well as Eclipse Skin Frost but it will be restocked in early May, according to Jeffree’s Instagram. Like other JSC Velour Liquid Lipsticks, these sell for $18 each and contain 5.6 g / 0.19 oz of product. Compared to something like Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks, which sell for $20 and contain 3.2 g / 0.11 oz of product, or MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours that cost $21 and contain 5 g / 0.17 oz, you’re getting a great deal with the JSC brand lippies. The Velour Liquid Lipsticks do not contain any paraben or gluten and are also vegan and cruelty free! ❤

If you use the code MANNYMUA it will take 10% off of the products that are part of this collection! Keep in mind that code only works on the these products individually but does not work on the bundle since it’s already offered at a discounted price… What this means is that if you add I’m Shook and Eclipse to your cart along with other JSC products, the 10% will be deducted from those two products only. The individual products in this collab are in stock (except Daddy) but you can’t get them in the bundle until Jeffree Star Cosmetics gets a restock in.

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The packaging for Daddy and I’m Shook is the same as the other Velour Liquid Lipsticks, but like Eclipse Skin Frost, the colors have been changed. Instead of a pink cap with a rose gold logo, these have a black one with the holographic silver also seen on the Skin Frost compact and packaging for this collection. As you can see, the rose gold text usually seen on the tube itself has also been replaced with the beautiful, multidimensional holographic silver. The boxes for these are just like the one for Eclipse Skin Frost, being black with a textured triangle design and silver text.

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At first glance, you may think the tubes for these look big and chunky but they’re actually about the same thickness as any other liquid lipstick or lipgloss. They are shorter, but as I mentioned earlier, they actually contain more product than most other brands with similar formulas. I appreciate this since these take up less room in my makeup bag and drawer! The applicator is a pretty basic doe-foot but it’s tapered and curved a bit so it hugs your lip, making application easy and precise.

After testing these out, I’m officially a major fan of this formula! It feels more liquidy than some other liquid lipsticks, but it’s still creamy and smooth. I actually like the fact that it’s more fluid-like, though, because I feel like it’s easier to apply and spread around without getting any patchiness. You do want to give these a quick shake before applying them to make sure the product is evenly mixed. It mentions that on the box, which is nice since there are other formulas that require the same thing but don’t make it clear! JSC Velour Liquid Lipsticks take about a minute to dry and set (also mentioned on the box), which gives you time to play with it and make sure it’s completely even. Once these are on, they’re not likely to budge! I can’t vouch for it myself, but according to the website, these are kiss-proof and transfer-resistant. I had these on for 6 hours before needing to touch up, mostly in the center of my lip, and that was after eating lunch and having some coffee. Overall, I’d say these have a solid 8 hour wear time. Despite the matte finish and long-wearing formula, these didn’t seem to dry out my lips or get that weird, scrunchy look in the center after having them on for a while, so I am definitely interested in trying more colors of Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lipsticks!

You’ll want to make sure that your lips are nice and smooth before applying these, but you probably already know that! This type of formula can emphasize dry, chapped areas and the natural lines of your lips so you should exfoliate using your favorite lip scrub or maybe even one made by Jeffree Star Cosmetics that can be found here. You can also apply a balm or primer but I recommend wiping off any excess right before you apply your liquid lipstick so it sets properly without sliding off or sheering down. A few of my favorites are MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip, Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask (the one in the squeeze tube), or plain shea butter. Also, don’t forget to drink plenty of water… Hydrated lips are healthy lips!

Without further ado, lets get into the photos and individual reviews!

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography. Velour Liquid Lipsticks swatched on NC20 skin.

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Photo taken outdoors using natural sunlight. Velour Liquid Lipsticks swatched on NC20 skin.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

Daddy:   The description on the JSC website says that Daddy is a “gorgeous cool toned brown”, which is entirely accurate… It’s a medium to medium-dark, cool toned brown-nude with some slight greige (grey/beige) undertones and a totally matte finish. The texture is super smooth being creamy, but not too thick and liquidy, but not too watery. It applies easily and evenly. It takes a moment to dry, so just be sure not to blot your lips together or it may get a bit patchy but once it’s set, you’re all good! Color payoff is fantastic and it looks just like it does in the tube. However, Daddy can look darker on lighter skin tones and lighter or more nude on darker skin tones. Also, it may pull slightly more warm or cool, depending on your natural undertone. On me, it looks quite cool, but I have a more yellow undertone to my complexion, so that’s to be expected. I like how it looks a little different on everyone, though, because it makes it more easily wearable. Coverage is fully opaque with very little product applied. I got about 6 hours of wear before this began to fade in the center of my lip, but it lasted closer to 8 hours before I noticed any fading or feathering around the edges of my lip. If you apply a liner, you’ll get even more wear time!

Note: Daddy is not in stock at the moment, but I’m hoping it will restock in early May when the bundle does!

Liners:   While a liner isn’t necessary with this formula, if you want a little more definition or contrast, here are a few of my favorite MAC Lip Pencils from lightest to darkest: Stripdown (very slightly lighter & warmer), Stone (cooler/more grey), Cork (almost identical to Daddy), and Chestnut (a little darker). You can also play with color and use one like Plum (slightly darker and more purple-based) or Mahogany (darker, and warmer/more rusty).

Dupes:   Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Sepia Liquid Lipstick is darker, cooler toned and more grey. MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Flesh Stone is lighter and cooler, and Cafe Au Chic, of the same MAC formula, is also cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

 

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

I’m Shook:   This is described as a “beautiful medium toned burnt coral”… I’d say that’s pretty spot on but I do think this can look different on some people depending on their natural lip color and skin tone. For the most part, I would consider this to be a medium to medium-dark pinky-reddish-coral. It can pull more warm or cool on different people, but on me it’s neutral to cool toned, depending on the lighting (as you can see above). The texture feels just like Daddy, being the perfect consistency and applying like a dream. Color payoff pretty much looks like it does in the tube, but I feel like it can pull more pink on people with naturally more bright/pigmented lips. I’ve honestly seen this on several people and in a lot of photos and in my opinion, it looks different on everyone, but that’s great because it seems to adapt to be the most flattering shade for your own unique skin tone! Coverage looked a bit patchy when swatched, but when applied on the lips it was completely even and opaque using very little product. Like Daddy, wear time was about 6 hours before I needed a touchup in the center of the lip and a little over 8 hours before I had any fading around the edges of my lips.

Liners:   Because I’m Shook seems to transform on everyone, you can use SO many different liners with it! A couple of my favorite Lip Pencils from MAC are: Ruby Woo (brighter/more blue based and slightly lighter), Redd (slightly lighter and warmer/more orange-red), Follow Your Heart (more blue-based), Chicory (warmer/more brown), Mahogany (deeper and more brown), and Brick (very similar, only a little more of a blue undertone). Anything with a more blue undertone will cool down the color of this lipstick and if it’s also brighter, it will make it appear more pink. If you use a warmer toned or more brown liner, especially if it’s deeper, it will make this warmer and more neutral. You can also use something with a brighter and more orange color to it so bring out the coral tones in this liquid lipstick. It’s very versatile and fun to play around with, not to mention perfect for summer!

Dupes:   Out of all the liquid lipsticks I have, which is A LOT, I couldn’t find one that was a great dupe for I’m Shook. The closest lip product I found in both color and finish is MAC’s Viva Glam I Lipstick, which is only very slightly more cool toned, but it looks totally different and deeper on the lips than it did when I swatched these next to each other on my hand! It is also just a regular lipstick and not a liquid… It is matte, but it’s not going to wear as long as I’m Shook will.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this out of pocket and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review ***

 

I feel like I’ve tried just about every liquid lipstick out there except for Too Faced’s, so I figured I would give this one a shot! To get straight to the point, I do think there are better formulas on the market, but this one held up pretty well and it’s a great nude for just about everyone! I’ll give more details about the formula and all of that good stuff later in the post, but let’s get to the basics for now…

Child Star is a permanent part of Too Faced’s line of Melted Matte Liquified Lipsticks. It can be purchased at www.toofaced.com or from Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s, and wherever else the brand is sold. It goes for $21 and contains 7 ml / 0.23 fl oz of product. This is a pretty average price… MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours, which I prefer, sell for the same price and contain 2ml less. On the other hand, Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Liquid Lipsticks cost $20 and contain about half of what Too Faced’s Liquid Lipsticks do, BUT I would pick the ABH over the Too Faced formula any day! Too Faced is a cruelty-free brand, so this lipstick is safe to wear if you favor our furry friends being treated fairly! ❤

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The packaging is cute and is high quality but it’s also a bit bulky. The shape is different, so it’s easy to find if you’re blindly digging around in your makeup bag but it also takes up more room than any of my other liquid lipsticks or glosses in my lip drawer. The applicator is your typical doe-foot sponge. It’s pretty small, so it’s easy to control for a precise application.

Too Faced’s Melted Matte Liqufied Lipstick formula is very creamy and heavily pigmented, so it’s great in that aspect. It applies pretty evenly but you MUST make sure that your lips are exfoliated and primed before you put this on! The combination of Child Star being a liquid matte AND being nude means it will show every single chapped or dry spot on your lips! Priming your lips with a balm or primer won’t just help hide chapped areas either, it will also help to keep this lipstick from settling into the natural lines of your lips, which Child Star really emphasized on me… You’ll see what I mean about settling into lines and showing chapped areas in the pics below and it’s NOT pretty! It really did help to apply a moisturizer first and my favorite thing to use is plain shea butter. I like to moisturize my lips about 15 minutes before I put on a liquid lipstick and then wipe off the excess right before application so the lipstick doesn’t slip around too much. MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip is also great and is silicone based so it fills in lines really well… Any balm or primer will work, though!

Another super basic tip to preventing your lips from getting dry or looking like they have a lot of lines is to drink plenty of water! I feel like this is something we all probably forget at times but when you stay hydrated, your skin stays hydrated and your lips are always going to look smoother and fuller!

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Photo taken using natural, indirect sunlight.

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Photo taken using natural, indirect sunlight. My skin is about NC20 in this photo.

Child Star:   This color is described as a “matte soft nude” and is a light to light-medium, warm toned peachy-pink nude with a soft matte finish. The texture of this liquid lipstick is thick and creamy so it applies relatively well without having to layer it. It did feel pretty dry on my lips after I had it on for a while, though, so it wasn’t the most comfortable liquid lipstick formula I’ve worn. As I mentioned earlier, the main problem I had was that it showed every line and dry patch so badly! I also had some issues with it not sticking to the center of my lip, which you can see in the pic above. It takes a little while to dry, so you really have to make sure that you don’t let your top and bottom lip touch until it’s set or it will get even patchier! It did look more even when I filled in my entire lip with a liner first, then applied Child Star, so you can always try that if you have the same issues I did. Color payoff is nearly the same as it looks in the tube since it’s so highly pigmented. It may look a little different on warmer/cooler or lighter/deeper skin tones, but it’s the type of nude that’s flattering on everyone. Coverage is fantastic and fully opaque with very little product, so that’s one thing I did love about this liquid lip. Wear time was also great… It lasted about 4-5 hours before fading just in the very center of the lip, and a little over 7 hours overall. You can get closer to 8 hours of wear with no fading if you line your lips first. It also held up to drinking coffee and eating some greasy french fries, so it’s not something you have to worry about coming off and making you look crazy if you’re out for dinner or drinks!

Liners:   Since it’s a pretty versatile nude, you can pair this up with just about any neutral to pink or peachy-pink liner. A few of my favorites for a true nude are MAC’s Lip Pencils in Subculture, Boldly Bare, Spice, and Chestnut. If you’d like to use something with more pinky tones, you can even try Whirl, Soar or Half-Red (make sure to blend these a little more than neutral liners you might choose).

Dupes:   Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Liquid Lipstick in Stripped is nearly identical! The colors Crush and Naked, also from ABH, are similar too but Crush is slightly darker and more mauve, while Naked is has more of a peachy-brown undertone. MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Lady-Be-Good is also a very close match but has a hint more brown to it.

Overall Rating:   3.8 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   4

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this out of pocket and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review ***

You know how sometimes you just want to treat yourself? Well, this was one of those types of purchases. I don’t typically enjoy spending this money on luxury lipsticks because there are usually cheaper options with equal quality, but after seeing this EVERYWHERE I finally gave in! I’m glad I did, since this has quickly become one of my favorite nudes. If you want more details, please keep reading!

The Hot Lips Lipsticks from Charlotte Tilbury are permanent products (as far as I know) and can be purchased from www.charlottetilbury.com, Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman, and Beautylish. This lipstick sells for $34 and contains 3.5g / 0.12 oz of product. That price is on par with YSL’s lipsticks which contain nearly the exact same amount of product and cost only $3 more than Charlotte Tilbury’s lipsticks do. One thing I do love about this lipstick, and brand, is that they do not test on animals, nor do their suppliers, which is honestly rare for luxury brands these days… So major points to Charlotte Tilbury for being kind to our furry friends! ❤

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Obviously this lipstick was named after the ultimate glam goddess herself, Kim Kardashian West, who is known for wearing a nude lip. My favorite thing about this lipstick is that I can see it being wearable by all skin tones and since it’s not too light, too pink, too brown, or too anything else really, it works well with pretty much any makeup you’re wearing that day! Whether you’re rocking a bronzed summery glow, a dramatic smokey eye, or barely-there makeup, this lipstick will work for you.

Here are the brand’s claims on this product, taken from the Charlotte Tilbury website:

  • Light-diffusing pigments give lips a brilliant, luminous, multi-dimensional finish – capturing light and reflecting it back out for a full-bodied effect
  • The antioxidant Lipstick tree derivative helps protect from UV damage and tackles oxidative stress – the colour from its seeds was originally used by indigenous American people to paint and protect their lips
  • A special blend of waxes means this lipstick is a dream to use and glides over the contours of your lips
  • Ideal for a buildable, colour-rich luminous finish that doesn’t bleed outside the lip line

It definitely has a satiny sheen to it and never feels dry or sticky, so I would say that it is indeed both luminous and nourishing. It also applied well and didn’t seem to show the lines in my lips even when layered, but did bring attention to the dry, chapped area on my bottom lip. As far as it bleeding or feathering, I do recommend a liner just because ANY lipstick is going to move around eventually and a liner also helps to give definition with a nude lip.

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The box is a beautiful, rich brown with metallic gold writing on it. It kind of has a lot going on, but the attention to detail is a nice touch. There is an ingredients list clearly printed on the side of the box, which is pictured below. The product packaging itself is absolutely stunning, being eye-catching but not overdone. It’s a classic looking lipstick tube made from a beautiful rose gold metal with the “CT” Charlotte Tilbury logo on the top of the lid. It’s a bit heavy, but I appreciate that when buying a luxury product because it just FEELS good and well, expensive, not to mention the fact that it’s very sturdy so it’s not going to pop open or break in your makeup bag. Another pretty little detail is the lip print that’s embossed on the lipstick bullet… TBH I’m going to feel awful when I use it enough to mess that up… It’s just THAT cute! The lipstick bullet also has a great, flat angle to it so application is super precise.

For more details about the actual lipstick, keep scrolling past the pics below!

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipstick switched on NC20 skin.

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Photo taken using natural light

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Photo taken using a ring light

Kim K.W. is a light, pinky-nude with warm undertones and a somewhat glossy, satin finish. The texture of this lipstick is very buttery, so it glides on easily. Since everyone has some natural pigmentation to their lips, this lipstick can appear more or less pink, or lighter or darker depending on the color of your own lips. I like that, though, because it’s almost like this nude becomes a color that’s personalized to flatter your very own skin tone. Coverage is definitely not full without some layering, which is clearly mentioned in the product description, so full opacity is not something I expected to begin with. It doesn’t get thick or sticky when layered, so you’re able to get however much color and coverage that you desire. I did have some problems really getting this to stick in the center of my lip, as you can tell in photos above. The trick is making sure your lips are completely dry and layering it quite a bit! Wear time with this lipstick was between 4 and 5 hours before I noticed it fading, most of which happens in the center of the lip at first.

Liners:   You can use whatever you like, honestly! Since it’s a pinky-nude, you can use something more neutral, such as MAC’s Lip Pencils in Subculture, Boldly Bare, Spice, Hover, or Chestnut if you want it to remain a true nude. If you’d like to add more pinky tones, you could go with Whirl, Soar, or even Half-Red. Using a liner with a pink hue may require some blending, but that’s easily done with a brush or you finger!

Dupes:   I honestly couldn’t find a great dupe with my MAC lipsticks, which are half the price, but the texture is very similar to MAC’s Cremesheen formula. TO me, this color fell right in between my YSL lipsticks in color 01 from the Rouge Pur Couture line (a little darker, but a very similar formula and finish) and color 1 from the Rouge Volupte line (slightly more pink). I’ll pull my other MAC lipsticks out of my kit later this weekend and see if I find anything in there!

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this out of pocket and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review ***

 

It’s been a while since I’ve made a post about one of the best liquid lipsticks out there, so I’m excited to share these six gorgeous new shades from Anastasia Beverly Hills with all of you! I’m really impressed with the variation of colors in this launch. There are brights and neutrals, even a few dark and unique colors in there, so you might just find your new favorite Spring lippie!

These liquid lipsticks are all permanent and are available at www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com. These don’t appear to be on Sephora’s website just yet, but I’ll be sure to update all of you when they pop up on there or at Sephora stores. They sell for $20 and contain 3.2 g / 0.11 oz of product. The price and product amount is pretty average, but considering how great this formula is, it’s worth every penny!

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Left to Right:   Tulip, Currant, Dazed, Poet, Clover, Requiem                                                                          Photo taken using natural, indirect sunlight

This formula is fantastic… It’s creamy, never too liquidy or runny, and is very highly pigmented so you only need to use a little bit of product. These liquid lipsticks dry down to a perfect matte finish quickly, but not so fast that you don’t have time to blend it out or layer it a little if needed (which I’ve very rarely had to do). Once they’re on, they last for 8 hours on average, usually only fading around the outer edges and center of the lip. On top of being long-wearing, they’re also smudge-resistant and kiss-proof. For the most part, these will stay on until you remove them with an actual remover, oil, or makeup wipe! While it’s common for any liquid lipstick to feel slightly dry, these don’t feel like they suck every bit of moisture out of your lips. They also don’t seem to do that whole dry, scrunchy looking thing in the middle of the lip that to me, looks somewhat like part of a cat’s rear anatomy lol, so that’s a major plus! (Pardon the description, but just wait till you get to watch these reviews on YouTube soon and actually hear the way I talk!)

Tip:   I do recommend wearing a lightweight, non-petroleum based balm (plain shea butter is my go-to) for at least 10-15 minutes prior to putting on your liquid lipstick… Just be sure to wipe off any excess balm before application so your lipstick doesn’t slip off. Using a balm first will also boost moisture in your lips so they look fuller and the liquid lipstick won’t settle into the lines of your lip as much! You may also use a primer like MAC’s silicone-based Prep + Prime Lip, which will add moisture and smooth out any chapped areas, making the liquid lipstick glide right on. To avoid any chapped or dry areas that can be emphasized by a matte, liquid lipstick, make sure you exfoliate your lips! Any lip scrub will work, or you can do a home recipe using sugar mixed with something like olive oil or honey.

Application:  As I mentioned above, you’ll probably want to start out by making sure your lips are smooth and moisturized! You can apply a liner first if you like, but because of the formula and applicator, it’s not necessary in order to achieve a defined look. The brand new applicator is SO precise and was introduced to us with this launch. It’s flatter than the old, classic doe-foot style wand, which makes is very easy to get a perfect application. It seems like you use less product with this applicator and it also works very well for people who have smaller lips, both of which I consider to be two major upgrades from ABH! I imagine that the older shades will also be switching to the new applicator eventually… I’ll let you know when I eventually confirm that. If you prefer a brush, you can definitely use one of those too! My favorite lip brushes are MAC’s 316 Lip Brush and ABH’s A27 or #3. Also as I previously mentioned, once these liquid lipsticks are applied, they’re not going anywhere until you take them off! In my experience, MAC’s Cleanse Off Oil and Garnier’s SkinActive Micellar Water (blue label) seem to be best suited for this task. Feel free to leave your favorite remover for this type of product in the comment section below!

Without further ado, let’s get into the photos and individual reviews!

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Left to Right:   Tulip, Currant, Dazed, Poet, Clover, Requiem                                                                          Photo taken using indoor photography lighting.

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Left to Right:   Tulip, Currant, Dazed, Poet, Clover, Requiem                                                        Photo taken using indoor photography lighting.

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Photo taken outdoors in natural, indirect sunlight.                                                                          Liquid Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

 

 

 

 

 

* some product photos were taken on different days, so they may not be 100% consistent *

* I will also be redoing the lip photos soon. The chemical burns from leaving Nair on my upper lip too long are just not cute! *

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Tulip

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Tulip

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Tulip

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Tulip

 

Tulip:   ABH refers to this lipstick as a “beet red”. It’s a very matte, medium, bright, pinky-red with cool undertones, but it can actually pull more cool or warm, depending on your own skin tone. I love that about this shade… It looks perfect on absolutely everyone! The texture is creamy without being too thick so it applies easily. Tulip has perhaps a slightly thicker consistency than some of the other ABH liquid lipsticks, but it didn’t cause any problems during application. Color payoff can look a little darker than it does in the tube once it sets, but that’s pretty normal with most liquid lipsticks. It’s not drastic, at all, though, and it just seems to make the color even more bold. Coverage is full using little product. I got just less than 9 hours of wear with Tulip.

Dupes:   The closest dupe I found was MAC’s D For Danger Lipstick, but it’s still slightly lighter and has more blue-based pink undertones.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

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Currant

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Currant

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Currant

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Currant

 

Currant:   Currant is said to be a “brick” color and is a medium-dark to dark, brick red with both blue and brown undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was on par with other ABH liquid lipsticks, feeling creamy but not too thick. Like Tulip, this shade can look a little different depending on your personal skin tone, so it will pick up your own undertones, making it flattering on anyone. Color payoff is wonderful but also like Tulip, it can darken a little as it dries. Coverage is wonderful… I usually don’t even use one dip’s worth of product to achieve full opacity! I didn’t notice any fading until I had Currant on for about 8 hours.

Dupes:   ABH’s own Sarafine Liquid Lipstick is sort of similar, but Sarafine is brighter and is more of a blue-based red, having less deep brown undertones. MAC’s Carnivorous Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is deeper and has more of a wine-stained hue to it. MAC’s Viva Glam I Lipstick is lighter. Another MAC lipstick that’s close is Dark Side, although it has more purple undertones and has a creamy Amplified finish, rather than being matte.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

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Dazed

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Dazed

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Dazed

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Dazed

 

Dazed:   On ABH’s website, they describe this as a “redwood” color… I’ve never heard that as a description, but it makes perfect sense! Dazed is a medium-dark, brownish-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It felt very creamy and even once it dried, it didn’t feel quite as dry as some of the other ABH liquid lipsticks in this post. It’s highly pigmented and once applied, it looks just like it does in the tube. Coverage when swatched showed very minor patchiness but I didn’t notice any of that once I put it on my lips. I didn’t have any problems with fading until I had this on for about 7 hours.

Dupes:   NYX’s Lip Lingerie in Exotic is close, but slightly lighter and has more of a mauve undertone. It also gives less even coverage than Dazed.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

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Poet

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Poet

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Poet

Poet

Poet:   This color is said to be a “dusty mauve” and is a medium, slightly cool toned mauve with a matte finish. To me, this shade and Dazed are the two most wearable lippies in this launch. Poet works on all skintones, which is not easy for all mauves to do because many can be far too cool for certain people. It feels a little more liquidy than some of the other liquid lipsticks in this review but that caused no problems with application. Color payoff is great and looks pretty much the same on the lips as it does in the tube. Coverage is opaque, but you may have to do some quick layering in some spots. Although it looks patchy in the swatch photo, it looked much better on my lips! Wear time was roughly 7 hours before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:   ABH’s Veronica Liquid Lipstick is very similar as far as color goes, but it’s still darker. MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Topped With Brandy is nearly identical, perhaps very slightly more plum and less pinky-mauve. NYX’s French Maid Lip Lingerie is lighter and more pink.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

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Clover

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Clover

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Clover

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Clover

 

Clover:   This color is described as a “stormy lilac” and is a medium, gray-ish lilac with very cool undertones and a soft matte finish. It doesn’t have a very thick consistency, which caused some patchiness in the swatch photo, but it’t not as patchy on the lips. I had to do some layering in the center of the lip and go around the edges of my top lip twice but it doesn’t get all gross and chunky when layered, so it shouldn’t be a problem! It can darken a tiny bit once it’s on the lips but overall, color payoff is wonderful. Coverage, on the other hand, wasn’t fully opaque all over with one layer of product… It can be slightly uneven without going back over some spots but that’s an easy fix! Clover wore well for about 6 1/2 hours before any fading occurred.

Dupes:   I’m sure you can already tell that Clover is a really unique color, so finding a dupe in a liquid lipstick formula was pretty much impossible! I didn’t even have any normal lipsticks that I can say are good dupe, so it you like colors like this, Clover is definitely worth getting!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

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Requiem (new photo coming tomorrow)

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Requiem (new photo coming tomorrow)

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Requiem

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Requiem

 

Requiem:   Requiem is a “metallic blackened teal” and is a very unique color! It’s a dark, smoky blueish-teal with a softly frosted, metallic finish. It’s so cool because it has this beautiful type of micro shimmer that picks up the light at just the right angles, reflecting both gold and teal. The texture was very smooth and applied easily, even though the consistency ran a little thin. Color payoff is just how it looks in the tube, while coverage can be slightly patchy at first… Doing one more quick swipe with the applicator will fix that, though! I got about 7 hours of wear with Requiem before noticing fading, which was mostly in the center of the lip.

Dupes:   MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Young Attitude is very close but still darker and has a truly matte finish, while Requiem has a metallic shimmer to it. Melt Cosmetic’s Blow is more green, less blue, and is also matte.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this out of pocket and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review ***